Three Kings and the Sun Demon

This article first appeared in New View magazine Issue #108  July-Sept 2023

To the majestic heights of summer

The Sun’s brilliant being arises

It draws my human feeling out

And into its vast expanse of space.

Intuitively, within my soul

A sense is stirring that dimly tells me:

In future time you will understand

That you now were perceived by a being divine.

from Rudolf Steiner, The Calendar of the Soul, 10th week 9-15 June



There are two moods in “Summer” from Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” suite which most aptly portray in music the two sides of midsummer when the sun rises to the solstice. First there are the slow, heavy, languid moods that express the noonday heat when little moves and we have to struggle to stay awake and active. We feel the sensual oppressive heat and moisture. It is a time when we can easily fall into error or else into temptation. But the second, dynamic part brings the summer thunderstorm and the lightning strikes; then we can feel as if the weight of heaven comes down like a judgment telling us to “wake up!” and we run for cover. We are all well aware of the two sides of the sun: the giver and sustainer of life, but also the sun that can deal death, especially in the desert. Rudolf Steiner speaks of the sun not as one ‘positive’ thing such as a giant nuclear power plant but as an ‘empty’ or negative space which is the ‘dwelling’ place of numerous spiritual beings – to give them their traditional names in order of ascending spiritual rank: Angels, Archangels (notably Michael), Archai, Exusiai (Elohim), Dynamis, and Kyriotetes. Western esoteric knowledge (e.g. as in the Three Books of Occult Philosophy by Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa 1486-1535) has also been aware that two other particular beings indwell the sun – the beneficent Nachiel, or ‘Intelligence of the sun’, whose number, Agrippa notes, was 111, and the evil Sorath, or ‘Spirit of the sun’, whose number was 666.

On the fifth day of the fifth month this year, 2023, the BBC reported1 that the World Health Organisation (WHO) had declared that Covid-19 no longer represents “a global health emergency”. Although these two organisations, WHO and BBC, which had played major roles in promoting the damaging lockdowns and the injection programmes from 2020 to 2022 that proved fatal or harmful for so many people, were loath to admit that this meant “the danger was over”, preferring to say that “the emergency status could be reinstated if the situation changed”, the news did in effect signal that the pandemic catastrophe of the past three years was indeed over.  Back in 2020, when the mainstream media informed us that pharmaceutical companies were racing “at unprecedented speed” to develop a “vaccine” against SARS-Covid-19, we were told that it may not be ready for the global population until 2023.2 In Britain, the public was assured, for example, that “all three… vaccines [from Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna] have had analysis of safety and efficacy data from phase three trials (involving tens of thousands of participants) published in peer-reviewed articles in medical journals such as The Lancet [UK] and The New England Journal of Medicine [US]. The collection of long-term protection and safety data will continue over the next couple of years, and so the completion dates for the trials are in 2022 and 2023.”3 (emphasis – TMB).  2023 was thus the end date determined for the completion of the trials for the Covid-19 “vaccines”. We now see that it has become the end date for this whole global three-year experiment that was conducted on such a colossal scale, arguably the greatest coercive propaganda experiment in history.


Agenda 2030

We are rapidly approaching another very significant three-year period which begins in seven years’ time, in 2030 – the anniversary (2030-2033) of the three years when, according to Steiner’s spiritual science, 2000 years ago, the Christ was incarnated in Jesus of Nazareth, from His baptism in the River Jordan to His Ascension forty days after His Resurrection. We can also note that various prominent individuals and global organisations such as the UN and the World Economic Forum (WEF) have, for several years now, been focusing the attention of the world’s publics specifically on the year 2030 and the decade of the 2030s. For example, on 13 June 2019, the WEF, a private, non-democratic organisation, and the UN, another non-democratic organisation, signed the portentously named “Memorandum of Understanding between the UN and the WEF on the Strategic Partnership Framework for the 2030 Agenda”. This outlined areas of cooperation to “deepen institutional engagement and jointly accelerate the implementation” of the UN’s “2030 Agenda for ‘Sustainable Development’”, which was itself a further development of the UN’s Agenda 214 that had first been laid out in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, the city above which stands the colossal statue of Christ the Redeemer (built 1922-1931) on the 2,300 ft. (700 m.) high Corcovado peak.  On 25 September 2015, the 193 countries of the UN General Assembly – without any permission from their member countries’ citizens – adopted the 2030 Development Agenda titled “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.5 In October 2019, the same month in which the “Event 201” “table-top exercise” began at Johns Hopkins University in New York, an event which, three months ahead of time, simulated a coronavirus pandemic and how the world should respond to it, not least by “flooding the zone” of public information (such was the phrase repeatedly used at the event) with a single narrative  –  the WEF published a paper laying out 30 goals to be achieved by the year 2030; it was titled: “What if we get things right? Visions for 2030”.6 A further “Strategic Partnership Framework” was signed between the WEF and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on 23 January 2020.

Soon after the alleged Covid pandemic began, in June 2020, Charles Windsor, then Prince Charles (above), and Klaus Schwab jointly launched the much-trumpeted “Great Reset” project, which aimed at nothing less than a proposed total transformation of our entire civilisation as well as human nature itself, all in the name of the “Fourth Post-Industrial Revolution”, the “A.I. Revolution”, the “Zero Carbon” targets of the Climate Change agenda, and the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (i.e. Agenda 2030/Agenda 21). Again, the focus was on the decade beginning in 2030. Clearly, the unelected global elite are very focused on this particular period of time 2000 years after what Steiner called the Mystery of Golgotha – the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But does Jesus Christ figure anywhere in their grandiose and ambitious projects? He does not.


The Sun Demon

What could be the connection between the three-year “Covid-19 pandemic” and these plans and projects for the 2030s? There are those who may see all these developments since 1992 – in my view, mistakenly – as further examples of the “globalisation” that they believe is an inevitable, cosmopolitan – and therefore positive – concomitant of the Age of Michael, the Archangel of the Sun, in whose era we have been living since the year 18797, according to esoteric knowledge that goes back at least to the late 15th century.  I am of the view that the answer can be found in two words known to those familiar with Anthroposophy: Ahriman and Sorath.

Just as, in most cases, the human physical body has a spiritual being associated with it, which we call our ‘self’ or our ‘I’, so also do the planetary bodies, including the Earth and the Sun, have spiritual beings associated with them. Just as the Earth currently has some 8 billion human spiritual selves associated with it, so are whole communities of spiritual beings associated with the Sun. And just as human beings can have dark spiritual forces that can influence or even possess them for part or most of their lives, so do the heavenly bodies also have dark forces, which can dwell within their spiritual spheres. The Sun is no exception: the dark being that indwells it is called Sorath.8

Steiner calls Sorath the “Sun Demon”, a powerful inspirer of materialism9 and black magic. Sorath does not incarnate in history as a human being but has made three major interventions into human history in the Christian era thus far – the first around the year 666, the second around the year 1332 (2 x 666) and the third around the year 1998.10 The first, according to Steiner, came through Sorath’s influence over an important teacher at the Academy of Gondishapur in Sassanid Persia in the mid-7th century AD, approximately the time of the Arab conquest of the Sassanid Persian Empire (see picture of the ruins of the academy below). The centre of that academy was its School of Medicine. Sorath’s goal here was to advance human scientific and technical knowledge prematurely to the point where mankind at that stage of its development, and especially the population of Europe at that time, would not have had the morality to cope with such knowledge (we are dangerously near another such a point today in relation to biotech and A.I., for example). This effort was swamped and largely prevented by the religious enthusiasm of the Islamic conquest in the 7th century AD. However, this premature knowledge was not suppressed totally by Islam; part of it ‘escaped’, as it were, from Gondishapur and, via Baghdad and then Islamic North Africa and Spain, made its way to western Europe, where it eventually laid the basis of modern natural science in the 17th century. One could thus say that a thousand years earlier, around the year 666, a ‘dark Sun’ ‘scientific’ influence was blunted by the crescent Moon ‘religious’ influence of Islam.

The second intervention came 666 years later, around 1332. Steiner associated this with the destruction of the Order of the Knights Templar by the French king Philip IV (the ‘Fair’) (picture below). The Templars ran an international banking operation on a moral basis, i.e. the money they handled belonged to the Order and not to the Knights personally. Philip was greedy for gold and wanted to seize that of the Templars. He also created the beginnings of the first European centralised modern state, in which civil servants were mostly secular and loyal to him; they were not clerics, whose loyalty might first be to the Church. This efficient centralised system is why he was able to arrest all the Templars across France within 24 hours on 13 October 1307. A hallmark of this second Sorathic intervention then, was a powerful centralised political State system.

1332 fell in the middle of what I would call the second ‘Sorathic window’ in the Christian era: 1307-1332-1357. Sorath’s intervention was not only in one year, 1332, but occurred during this window from 1307 (when the Templars in France were arrested) and 1357, by which time the Order of Templars throughout Europe was over: 1307 and 1357 are 25 years on either side of the axis point of 1332. My own research has convinced me that the first window of time in which Sorath intervened was from 641 to 691; 666 fell in the middle of that period. The second Sorathic window of time was 1307-1357, with 1332 in the middle.  The third Sorathic window was from 1973 to 2023, with the central axis year of 1998 (3 x 666). One can see this “window” of time like a lemniscate with the axis point at the centre of the lemniscate:


  641  –   666   –   691

1307  – 1332  –  1357

1973  – 1998  –  2023


Key events in this third period were the end of the Soviet Union and the emergence of China in the global capitalist economy, the development of the Internet, terrorism and the struggle between the West and Islamic states, 9/11, the beginning of the incarnation of Ahriman c.200011, the beginning of the second Cold War (2014), and the Covid-19 “pandemic” of 2020-2023 with its relation to the UN/WEF plans for a Great Reset to bring about a “new world order” in the 2030s. At root, most of these issues were economic ones, but the period has closed by combining in 2020-2023 aspects of all three Sorathic windows since the 7th century. The Covid years were the years of an engineered ‘health crisis’12 in which drastic medical and political measures were forced onto populations throughout the world after being voted through in many countries by compliant parliamentarians; this was a coordinated and centralised global action carried out by so-called ‘democratic’ state governments that were driven by the WHO and its main financial funder, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Governments spent billions of their taxpayers’ money to compensate their taxpayers from the effects of the ruthless and completely unnecessary lockdown measures that the governments had imposed upon their populations, and this has had terrible economic (and social) consequences, which are likely to be with us for many years to come. This third ‘Sorath window’, then, which opened around 1973, closes this year in 2023, 7 years before the 2030 anniversary of the three years of the Mystery of Golgotha, which occurred 2000 years ago.


End Times?

Many people have for some decades now been convinced we are living through the biblical “End Times” prophesied by the books of Ezekiel, Daniel and the Revelation of St John (the so-called Apocalypse) and many Green, secular atheists are equally convinced we face extinction due to “climate change” unless we take drastic remedial action, which would require the end of democracy and a new ‘Green’ global authoritarianism – world government, in fact – or “global governance”, as it is euphemistically called. Indeed, what happened in 2020-2023 can be seen as having been a kind of ‘test-run’ for that authoritarianism. I am not convinced by either of these views. Certainly, our times can seem ‘apocalyptic’ in various respects, but they are not the biblical End Times, which, according to spiritual science, are not due for another four millennia at least, when the physical earth as we know it will enter the next phase of its development.13

What seems like the End Times today is actually more likely the atmosphere created by the incarnation (in the West – N. America) of Ahriman, one of the two main forces of spiritual evil who, according to Steiner is embodied as a human being only once in human evolution, as was the case with Christ, in Jesus 2000 years ago, and also the case with the other spiritual force of cosmic evil, Lucifer, in China 5000 years ago. In human evolution, Christ holds the balance between the two polar forces, Lucifer and Ahriman. In 1919 Steiner said in a lecture in Switzerland that Ahriman would appear in a physical (fleischliche) human being (his words: “Ahriman in the flesh”) before even a part of the third millennium would elapse.14 It is very likely that Ahriman’s approaching manifestation as an adult human being in the 2030s15 has been behind the sense of accelerating oppression and darkness that so many people have been experiencing.  There are sometimes very dark periods in history; the 1930s was one such and we can perhaps imagine how we might have felt to have lived through that era and to have been aware of the darkening shadow that many more sensitive or awake souls perceived at that time.


Philip IV (the Fair)

Ahriman will likely present himself not as a dark tyrant like the Big Brother figure in Orwell’s 1984, but rather as a benevolent positive saviour of humanity from all its woes, a figure of tremendous knowledge, as indeed the great teacher inspired by Sorath would have seemed no doubt to his pupils in the Academy of Gondishapur, and as the French king Philip the Fair (see below), tall, handsome and seemingly religiously moral and orthodox, presented himself to his court and his officials. Philip was autocratic and inflexible, known as the Iron King (le roi de fer); Bishop Saisset of Pamiers said of him: “He is neither man nor beast. He is a statue.” This royal ‘statue’ was the monarch who even dared, after his conflicts with the Papacy, to arrest the Pope and move the Papal institution to France, where Philip could better control it. The “Babylonian Captivity” of the Popes, as it became known, lasted from 1309 to 1376 and resulted in a considerable loss of respect for the Papacy throughout Europe. Julien Théry argues that by his persecution and cruel destruction of the Christian Order of the Knights Templar in order to take their money and set up a new military Order with himself as its head, Philip IV sought to erect a kind of ‘religion of royalty’ in France: “Being the ultimate defender of the Catholic faith, the …king was invested with a Christ-like function that put him above the pope. What was at stake in the Templars’ trial, then, was the establishment of a ‘royal theocracy’.”16

Philip IV of France

Here then, in the ‘second Sorath window’ – almost 200 years before Henry VIII of England  – was an attempt to merge and centralise the political and religious spheres in the person of the king.17 Many of Philip’s troubles came from his economic woes, a lack of money caused by his numerous wars and his attempts to manipulate and devalue the French currency. Within a year of the burning at the stake in Paris near Notre Dame of the Grand Master of the Templars and the Master of the Templar Order in Normandy, both Philip and the Pope, who had unwillingly assisted him in destroying the Templar Order, died. Then, within 14 years of Philip’s death, his three healthy adult sons each succeeded to the throne one after the other but all died without issue. Edward III of England, whose mother was Philip’s daughter Isabella, then insisted that he was the rightful ruler of France; the French nobility objected that the succession to the throne of France did not pass through a woman – and so began the Hundred Years’ War between England and France. Philip’s actions in life would result in disaster for France.


Emperor Go-Daigo

In that same Sorath window, in the 1330s on the other side of the world, there was a parallel situation when another ruler attempted to combine the religious and the political in his own person in order to turn back the tide of history. In the early 14th century, the emperors of Japan had no real power; they had lost it two centuries earlier to the rising samurai (warrior) class whose leading families dominated. The Emperors had become impotent, mere symbolic figures.

However, the Emperor Go-Daigo (1318-1339, above) who, like all the emperors of Japan, regarded himself as the direct descendent of the Sun Goddess Amaterasu Ōmikami, wanted to regain for the Imperial House the powers Japanese emperors had possessed in the 8th-10th centuries, when the emperors had ruled on the highly centralised and absolutist Chinese model. He organised uprisings in 1331 and 1333 that eventually overthrew the samurai military government of the shoguns in Kamakura, (near modern Tokyo) and returned power to the ancient capital in Kyoto, far to the southwest. But his short-lived Kenmu Restoration (1333-1336), as it was known, failed because Go-Daigo could not recognise how the times had changed18 nor understand the real power and ambitions of the great samurai families or the realities of the lives of the minor samurai, the townspeople and peasants. His former samurai ally, Ashikaga Takauji, rose against him, and shattered Go-Daigo’s loyalist forces. Takauji set up a new emperor under his own control in Kyoto, while Go-Daigo escaped to the mountainous region south of Kyoto and set up a rival court there. So began the era of the civil wars between the Northern and Southern Courts, which split Japan for most of the 14th century, until 1392, when the Southern Court founded by Go-Daigo surrendered to the Northern Court. Thus Go-Daigo’s attempt around 1332 to return Japan to the ancient days of its solar “royal theocracy” failed disastrously. Japan’s Imperial Family today is descended from the emperors of the Northern Court, not the line of Go-Daigo.



Some 2600 years before Go-Daigo and Philip IV, another ruler, more famous than both of them, sought to establish himself and his values and desires for his kingdom in a position of absolute power that was a challenge to the existing order. This was the pharaoh Amenhotep IV (see illustration below), who changed his name to Akhenaten (c. 1351 – c.1334 B.C.)19, and who some have argued was the father of Tutankhamen (whose original formal name was Tutankhaten), though this is disputed. Many people believe that Akhenaten was a “progressive reformer” who sought to change Egypt’s religion and culture for the better, a forerunner of Jewish and Christian monotheism, a pioneer of enlightened marital relationships, and so on. Beginning with Sigmund Freud, some have even seen him as identical with Moses and the biblical Exodus as having occurred during or just after his reign. But these views often look at Akhenaten through modern lenses,20 focusing on Akhenaten himself, and often do not see him in the context of the pharaohs before him. If they did, they would realise that there was not a great difference between the way Akhenaten regarded his god, the Sun-Globe Aten21, and the way other Egyptians regarded their gods e.g., Atum, Amen, Ra/Re, Osiris, Horus. Each great city in ancient Egypt, for example, Memphis, Thebes, Edfu, Heliopolis (Iunu/On), Hermopolis (Khemnu) and Akhetaten (Amarna) had its own cult and chief god, which it regarded as the god, superior to all others. There is no great difference, for example, between Akhenaten’s well-known “Hymn to the Aten”, and the “Hymn to Amen-Re” preserved in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.22 What was different about Akhenaten was his fanaticism and lack of tolerance in his exclusion of the traditional gods in favour of his own, first removing funds for their temples and then actually defacing their images and cartouches (their formal names on buildings) so as to banish them from Egyptian memory (which was what later happened to his name too, after his death: he was condemned as a heretic).,+Aton+temple,+Karnak.jpg

His father Amenhotep III had been a more ‘inclusive’ pharaoh, who accepted all the traditional gods even while welcoming and affirming the cult of Aten. The Egyptologist Wallis Budge points out that “To Aten, Amenhotep [IV i.e., Akhenaten] ascribed the attributes of the old gods, Tem [Atum], Ra, Horus, Ptah, and even of Amen, and he proclaimed that Aten was “One” and “Alone”. But this had been proclaimed by all the priesthoods of the old gods… the worshippers of every great god in Egypt from time immemorial declared that their god was “One”. “Oneness” was an attribute… of everything that was worshipped in Egypt… .” Budge also indicates that Akhenaten “possessed a determined will and very definite religious convictions and a fearless nature” but that he “did not lightly brook opposition… with all [his] gifts he lacked a practical knowledge of men and things. He never realised the true nature of the duties which as king he owed to his country and people, and he never understood the realities of life. He never learnt the kingcraft of the Pharaohs, and he failed to see that only a warrior could hold what warriors had won for him… .None but a man half-insane would have been so blind to facts as to attempt to overthrow Amen and his worship, round which the whole of the social [and economic] life of the country centred.”23 The above characteristics were shared also by Go-Daigo and Philip IV: great willpower and firm religious convictions but a certain fanaticism and an ignorance of the realities of the lands and people they ruled.

Egyptologists are still arguing over whether Tutankhamen, the most famous yet one of the most insignificant pharaohs of ancient Egypt, was the son of Akhenaten, his younger brother, his stepson or no relation at all. But what is clear is that it was this pharaoh Tutankhamen (only 19 when he died c. 1323 BC), whose tomb has remained the greatest Egyptological sensation ever since it was discovered on 4 November 1922 by the British archaeologist Howard Carter (1874-1939, on the left in the photo above). Carter was funded by the archaeological enthusiast, George Edward Stanhope Molyneux Herbert, the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, (1866 – 1923, on the right in the photo above). The earl was property rich and cash poor, so he married Almina Wombwell, a young lady whose mother, Marie Wombwell, was able to blackmail millionaire banker Alfred de Rothschild, who however, cared much for Almina.24 It was Carnarvon’s wife’s money i.e., Rothschild money, that enabled the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb by Howard Carter, who worked persistently for Carnarvon for 16 years.  Besides the Rothschild connection, the other point of interest about Carnarvon is that he was a descendant of Lord Edward Herbert of Cherbury (1583-1648). Steiner speaks about Lord Cherbury in lecture 9 of his Historical Symptomatology course.25 Cherbury was the founder of English Deism, which would become the de facto ‘religion’ of Freemasonry in England. Deism was the rationalistic belief in a supreme being, for which Cherbury put forward five propositions, but in them there is no mention of Christ. Freemasons, whose symbolism and rituals are largely based on the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem and the cultic forms of ancient Egypt, have to affirm, in order to be accepted into the Freemasonry of England (United Grand Lodge, based in London), that they believe in a supreme being; it does not matter which one.  ‘Speculative’ (i.e., symbolic) Freemasonry itself is an example of what Steiner called the resurrection of aspects of the culture of the 3rd Post-Atlantean (Egyptian-Babylonian-Chaldean) epoch (2907-747 BC) within our current 5th Post-Atlantean epoch (1413-3573). It is not unreasonable to sense a certain connection between the abstract transcendent ‘spirit’ of the ‘modern’ god of Deism and Akhenaten’s sun god Aten, which was abstract compared to the very concrete, even sensual nature of the many other Egyptian gods. It may indeed have been no accident that connected Carnarvon with Tutankhamen.  Carnarvon was one of those involved in the excavation who died not long after the tomb was opened (the tomb was discovered in November 1922; he died in Cairo in April 1923).

Many may have wondered: why of all the pharaohs of Egypt, it should have been the insignificant Tutankhamen whose tomb has proved to be the most sensational discovery in Egyptology so far. And why was it discovered just at the time it was? Definitive answers to these questions may never be found, but besides speculation about reincarnation e.g. possible former lives of Carnarvon and Carter at the time of Tutankhamen26, as well as the fact that the discovery came exactly 100 years after the vital decipherment of the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic script by Jean-Francois Champollion in 1822, there is also the fact that the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamen (reigned c.1332-1323 B.C.) whose original reign name was Tutankhaten) directed attention back to Akhenaten’s era (c.1353-1323 B.C.) and the momentous but short-lived religious change that Akhenaten tried to impose upon his kingdom. Scholars have determined that Tutankhamen reigned for 9 years; he became pharaoh in c.1332 B.C., that is 2 x 666. It is also possible that Akhenaten himself died in 1332 B.C., as the dates of Egyptian chronology are not completely secure. The pharaoh Smenkhkare is supposed to have reigned in the one or two years (1334-1332 B.C.) between Akhenaten and Tutankhamen, but that too is debatable. (Egyptologists are still unsure whether he even existed, was merely Akhenaten’s co-regent in his last years or whether he was Akhenaten’s widow or daughter in disguise.)


The axis of history

The key point in all this, I feel, is that the period of the Atenist religion came to an end in the time (1330s BC) that was as far before Jesus Christ as the 1330s AD were after Jesus Christ, the years of the Christ Event being regarded by Steiner as the focal axis of human evolution. The years on either side of that axis seem mysteriously related to each other. Steiner discussed  this mirroring in history that occurs on either side of the Christ Event in Palestine from another perspective when, in 1910, he spoke of how the 3000 years from the beginning of the Age of Darkness (known in India as Kali Yuga) in 3101 BC, down to the time of Jesus Christ, can be divided in three periods of approximately 1000 years each, the ages of Abraham (c.3000 – c.2000 BC), of Moses (c.2000 – c.1000 BC) and of Solomon (c. 1000 BC to the Christ Event) and that something of the character of these three ages recurs, mirrored as it were, in reverse order in the 3000 years after Christ: the first Christian millennium – the Age of Solomon; the second Christian millennium – the Age of Moses; and the third Christian millennium – the Age of Abraham. In the Age of Abraham before Christ (i.e., 3000-2000 BC) natural clairvoyance faded, humanity became dependent on the physical brain and the concept of One God began to appear; in the Age of Moses BC (2000 – 1000 BC), humanity descended still lower into the material world, and the One God revealed Himself externally through the physical forms of nature (wind, storm, burning bush etc) and through external commands such as the Ten Commandments); in the Age of Solomon BC (1000-1 BC), human beings began to think for themselves; philosophy and politics emerged. However, the Age of Solomon AD (1 AD – 1000 AD) was one of the development both of Christian esoteric wisdom and also of barren and rigid intellectual theology and dogmatism; the Age of Moses AD (1000 AD – 2000 AD) was one of the development of Christian mysticism and inwardness within the soul; the Age of Abraham AD (2000-3000 AD) will be one in which humanity will gradually free itself from the physical brain, and natural clairvoyance will develop, including vision of the Christ, not as a physical presence but in the spiritual biosphere that surrounds the earth. The respective gestures of the three ages are thus related but mirrored in time. Another example of this mirroring around the Christ Event was that Buddhism emerged in the late 6th century BC and Islam in the late 6th century AD. A further example was that in the 6th century BC, between 597 and 538, many Jews were exiled in Babylonia following King Nebuchadnezzar’s destruction of the Kingdom of Judah, while in the 6th cent. AD, the Byzantine Emperor Justinian passed many anti-Jewish laws and restrictions, and the Babylonian Talmud (a central text of Rabbinic Judaism) was completed in the early 6th century. It is of great importance for our understanding of history that we learn to look at and compare historical events before the Christ Event with those that occurred in the same periodicity after it. In the context of this article, for example, this means the 1330s BC and the 1330s AD.


From the 1330s to today

In 1328 AD, King Charles IV of France died after a reign of only six years. He was the last of the three unfortunate sons of Philip IV (“the Fair”) and thus the last of the main branch of the Capetian dynasty, which had ruled France since the 10th century. Like his father, Charles was also known as “the Fair”. In 1328, Philip IV’s daughter Isabella was reigning in England with her lover Roger Mortimer, the couple having overthrown her husband, Edward II, two years earlier. After the death of Charles IV in 1328, the French nobles declined to accept Isabella or her son Edward (Edward III) as ruler of France and instead crowned Philip of Valois king of France. He was the brother of Philip IV (d. 1314) and the head of a cadet branch of the Capetian dynasty, henceforth known as the Valois dynasty. So, from the 1330s there was a new dynasty in France after the deaths of the three sons of Philip IV, the king who had tried to create a “royal theocracy” centred on himself as ‘Vicar of God’, rather as Akhenaten, who saw himself as “the Son of Aten”, had tried to do in Egypt, some 2660 years earlier, and, as mentioned above, Emperor Go-Daigo had also tried to do something similar in mediaeval Japan, also in the early 1330s. The ‘gesture’ that all three men had in common was that they saw themselves as ‘sunlike’ in their respective countries, which they wished to make revolve around themselves. Akhenaten, like Sorath in Gondishapur c. 666 AD, tried to push his people too far forward too fast, while Go-Daigo wanted to take his country backwards in time to the 9th or the 7th centuries. Philip IV was not as anachronistic as the other two; he understood his country or at least his nobles and clergy somewhat better, but he nevertheless caused his country and its people great suffering through his headstrong, ill-judged and stubborn decisions.

The discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb came in the 1920s. It was a decade when monolithic, absolutist totalitarianism, which one could call a modern ‘resurrection’ of ancient Egyptian behaviour in our time, was rapidly growing in Europe: the Bolsheviks had come to power in Russia in 1917, and the USSR was formally established in 1922; Stalin took over after Lenin’s death in 1924; Mussolini took power in Italy in 1922, and the Nazi Party was founded in Germany in early 1920; Hitler became its leader a year later. The common point of all these forms of totalitarianism, besides their materialist underpinnings, was that they combined the cultural, political and economic spheres of society under State control – a theme of “Oneness”. All three of them had Egyptian overtones in their use of dictatorship by all-powerful leaders and those leaders’ control of the masses in an almost religious way, often through huge, ritualistic spectacles. In this second Age, the Age of Moses (second millennium AD), these regimes were very much ‘command societies’, absolutist theocracies as the earlier ‘Age of Moses’ (BC) had been. In Germany in particular, the cultic symbolism and style of the new regime was that of an inversion of the motif of the Sun, for example, in the omnipresent swastika.27 Imperial Japan’s symbol was also that of the rising sun disk.

On 26 November 1922, after the arrival of Lord Carnarvon and his daughter Evelyn Herbert in Egypt, Howard Carter, together with Carnarvon and Evelyn, became the first people in millennia briefly to enter the tomb’s burial chamber, 33 centuries after the lives and deaths of Akhenaten and Tutankhamen. Evelyn, being smaller, was actually the first person to enter Tutankhamen’s burial chamber. Work inside the tomb proceeded slowly and carefully in 1923. Lord Carnarvon, who had already been suffering from a serious illness in 1922, died in April 1923, and Carter resumed work at the tomb in autumn that year. But on 12 February 1924 he stopped work in protest against interference by the Egyptian authorities and did not recommence work at the tomb until 25 January 1925. It is worth noting that Steiner had fallen seriously ill at the end of September 1924 and in January 1925 was still ill in his sickbed. It was only in October 1925, almost three years after the initial discovery of the tomb, that Carter and his team removed the now fabled and world-famous golden funerary mask of Tutankhamen from the mummy and finally gazed upon the pharaoh’s face. By that time, Steiner had died six months earlier (30.3.1925) and Adolf Hitler had been out of prison almost a year and had refounded the Nazi Party in February 1925 under his firm command, calling himself “der Führer”.  So much about Hitler (except for his normal speaking voice) and about the National Socialists is an image of rigid hardness. The stern “Man of Destiny” facial image he presented to the world resembled that of an Egyptian pharaoh – apart from the moustache of course! Nazi architecture resembled ancient Egyptian architecture in certain respects. The black swastika (itself an ancient Hindu symbol of the Sun) was set within a white disk in the centre of a blood red ground. Ancient Egypt was known as the Two Lands, black and red. Hitler, who idolised the figure of Parsifal, was represented as though he were the Sun’s representative on earth, and Nazi ideologues spoke of him as such. Akhenaten regarded himself as the Son of the Aten, the son of the Sun. Replacing all the priests of the old gods, he claimed in effect to be the Sun on earth, something which not even Louis XIV would have claimed for himself. Hitler came to power in 1933, (exactly 100 years after the death of Kaspar Hauser in 1833) and 66 years before 1999, which is close to 3 x 666 =1998.

The Beast

Steiner said in 1910 that some human beings would begin to perceive the Christ in the Earth’s etheric field (its spiritual biosphere) beginning in 193328 and in 1924 he remarked that “before the Etheric Christ can be comprehended in the right way, humanity must first cope with encountering the Beast who will rise up from the abyss. This is what the apocalyptic language tells us…”29 Beasts of another kind did indeed arise, not in the heavens but on Earth, in human souls in 1933, inspired by a spiritual being, the Sun Demon, that made its own major intervention during the third ‘window’ of its activity in the Christian era30, when it struck all three spheres of that period – in economic, political and cultural events – most recently in the area of health and medicine in the Covid crisis.

The German businessman, Klaus Schwab, who founded the WEF, and the WEF’s ‘court philosopher’, the Israeli historian, Yuval Noah Harari, (left) author of ‘modestly’ titled books such as Homo Deus and Unstoppable Us − How Humans Took Over the World, believed that Covid-19 was intimately related to the coming Great Reset; Schwab’s 2020 book was even titled Covid-19: the Great Reset, which almost suggests that Covid 19 was the Great Reset. But for Schwab, the Great Reset means the total transformation of our civilisation to an AI-driven, Transhumanist form of what he calls “stakeholder capitalism”, by which he means a form of global capitalism run in the interests of a few elites. This is what they have scheduled for the 2030s, when Ahriman will likely make his main move in the human realm. But before that momentous event, which will no doubt deeply affect the rest of this century as the two world wars did the last century, ‘the ground’ for the Great Reset by Ahriman was prepared during the last 50 years (1973-2023, the third Sorath ‘window’) by Sorath, the Sun Demon. Those years culminated in the three years of a catastrophe based on deception by the UN/WHO, WEF, Bill Gates, Anthony Fauci, the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the British Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) as well as numerous national governments and media organisations which unquestioningly followed the ‘advice’ and the strictures of these institutions and individuals. It was a scientific (‘medical’), political, and economic catastrophe31 in the early years of this crucial 21st century, this new third millennium, and in the last 3 years of the third intervention of Sorath the Sun Demon, (the “two horned beast” of Revelation chapter 13), a pseudo-pandemic was conjured up in order to ‘save us all’ from an allegedly dreadful global disease. Hundreds of millions, from nonagenarians to infants, were injected with a deceptive “vaccination” that was no vaccination at all but a technological bioweapon32 that is steadily killing off considerable numbers of healthy, fit human beings, notably young sportspeople – some drop dead suddenly or fall seriously ill – and is implicit in women’s pregnancies that fail and the increasing excess mortality rates33 – all of which the mainstream media largely ignore. Those in government, the media and the entertainment industry, who fell under Sorath’s spell and followed the official narrative on Covid and the “vaccinations”, spoke at first with comforting words and all kinds of encouragements and inducements but then finally with threats, insults and vicious propaganda that “spake as a dragon” against those who refused to have the injections, demanding they be locked up, interned, denied their civil rights etc.

Meanwhile, Schwab, the WEF, the media and national governments used the ‘crisis’ to push the new technology of surveillance and control with “Covid passes”, “health passes”, “Green passes”, “vaccine passports”, which were all dependent on smartphone apps and QR codes. We were told we would have to work from home, travel less and get used to a lifestyle within 15 minutes of our homes, where everything would be “within reach”, as it were – all so that we wouldn’t “spread the virus” and would also “reduce our carbon footprint” on the way to the “Zero Carbon” economy and society. Carbon has been turned into a hate object… People seem to forget that our bodies consist mostly of water and carbon. During the window of Sorath’s third intervention (1973-2023) not only have the technologies of microchipping both animals and human beings emerged along with those of smartphones, QR codes, automated payment and social credit surveillance systems, but we have also been pushed from fear of “global cooling” in the late 1970s to fear of “global warming” in the 1990s and fear of “climate change” since the 2010s. All of these fearmongering developments since the early 1970s, culminating in fear of Covid-19, bear the signatures of Ahriman (the “first beast” mentioned in the Book of Revelation Chapter 13) and Sorath the Sun Demon (the second, two-horned beast) who

“….deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the [first] beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the [first] beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

And he [the second beast, Sorath] had power to give life unto the image of the [first] beast, that the image of the [first] beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the [first] beast should be killed.

And he [Sorath] causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast [Sorath], or the number of his name.

Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast [Sorath]: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.”34 (The Book of Revelation)

These are dark times indeed, times when, as a civilisation, we have achieved so much materially but fallen so far ethically and spiritually. Nicanor Perlas wrote about our time strikingly and helpfully in his 2018 book Humanity’s Last Stand – The Challenge of Artificial Intelligence, A Spiritual Scientific Response.  I personally feel that “Last Stand” is exaggerated, but nevertheless, it is true that ours is a time when only through the encounter with great darkness are many people waking up to the spiritual reality of what is happening and realising that darkness is followed by dawning light, as is said in the 4th verse of Steiner’s Foundation Stone Meditation, referring to the Mystery of Golgotha 2000 years ago: “Darkness of night had run its course. Day-radiant light now streamed into human hearts…” Christians should never forget that the spiritual forces of darkness were already comprehensively defeated 2000 years ago and that those forces have only conducted a huge and complex rearguard action since then, an action that has also included major offensives on their part, but ultimately all in vain. This 21st century is a momentous time for the future of humanity.  In a mood of equanimity, watching and praying, observing, understanding and acting, we should keep in mind that we have chosen to live in this time and to play our part for the sake of humanity’s future.






4. “Agenda 2030, also known as the Sustainable Development Goals, was a set of goals decided upon at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in 2015. It takes all of the goals set by Agenda 21 and re-asserts them as the basis for sustainable development, saying, ‘We reaffirm all the principles of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development…’ Adding onto those goals from the original Rio document, a total of 17 goals have been agreed on, revolving around the same concepts of Agenda 21; people, planet, prosperity, peace, and partnership.”

5. See a Romanian whistleblower and expert on sustainable development expose the UN, WEF and Agenda 2030:  Interview with Reiner Fuellmich.


7. Following Steiner’s indications, it will end approximately in the period 2250-2300. Following that of the mediaeval esotericist, Abbot Johannes Trithemius of Sponheim, it will end in exactly the year 2233.

8. See Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, Three Books of Occult Philosophy (1533) chapter XXII. Agrippa’s esoteric teacher at the time he wrote the book was Trithemius of Sponheim.

9. See lecture of 12 Sept. 1924 in Steiner’s Collected Works GA 346, and also lecture of 29 June 1908, in Collected Works GA 104.

10. See n. 9 above. See also lectures of 11th and 12th October 1918, in Collected Works GA 184 (published in Rudolf Steiner, Three Streams in Human Evolution, Rudolf Steiner Press 1965, rep. 1985)

11. See my article ‘The Incarnation of Ahriman: When and Where?’ at

12. See the speech by Dr David Martin to the EU Parliament 28 May 2023

13. See R. Steiner, The Apocalypse of St. John, Collected Works GA 104 (1908), lectures 8,9,10,11,12 and the chart at the back of the book.

14. Steiner lecture of 1 November 1919, Collected Works GA 191.

15. ‘He’ may not appear on the public stage, as it were, but may conceal ‘himself’ and act behind or through a number of human ‘frontmen’. Either way, humanity will notice a tremendous acceleration towards total control of the planet and the human race.

16. Julien Théry, ‘A Heresy of State. Philip the Fair, the Trial of the “Perfidious Templars”, and the Pontificalization of the French Monarchy’, in Journal of Mediaeval Religious Cultures, 2013.

17. In 1534 Henry VIII broke with Rome decisively and set himself up as the Head of the Established  Church in England.

18. This was, after all, the martial Age of the Archangel Samael (late 12th to the early 16th century). The characteristics of this age were war, conflict, fragmentation, but also individuation.

19. His dates, like those of most Egyptian pharaohs, are not exactly certain. Scholarly opinion includes 1353–1336 or 1351–1334 BC.

20. “Before much of the archaeological evidence from Thebes and from Tell el-Amarna became available, wishful thinking sometimes turned Akhenaten into a humane teacher of the true God, a mentor of Moses, a Christlike figure, a philosopher before his time. But these imaginary creatures are now fading away one by one as the historical reality gradually emerges. There is little or no evidence to support the notion that Akhenaten was a progenitor of the full-blown monotheism that we find in the Bible. The monotheism of the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament had its own separate development – one that began more than half a millennium after the pharaoh’s death.” – From ‘Aspects of Monotheism’ by Donald B. Redford, Biblical Archaeology Review, 1996.

21. The Aten is often translated as Sun disk, but this is a mistranslation. ‘Globe’ is more accurate.

22. See E.A. Wallis Budge, Tutankhamen – Amenism, Atenism and Egyptian Monotheism (1923, repub. 1991) chaps. 2 and 3.

23.  Wallis Budge, pp. 77-78. Akhenaten’s closure of the temples of the other gods meant great hardship for the common people of Egypt as well as for the priests and scribes.


25. From Symptom to Reality in Modern History, Collected Works GA 185, lecture 9 3 November 1918.

26. Carnarvon and Carter were close for 16 years, from 1907 until Carnarvon’s death in 1923: Lady Burghclere, Carnarvon’s sister, wrote that for 16 years “….the two men worked together with varying fortune, yet ever united not more by their common aim than by their mutual regard and affection” (my emphasis). See n. 24 above.

27. Looking at some other background events to the discovery and opening of Tutankhamen’s tomb, we find that in 1919 serious rebellions broke out in two parts of the British Empire – Egypt and Ireland, and in 1922, the two peoples gained their independence from Britain – Egypt in February and Ireland in December. Then on 31 December 1922, the Goetheanum Building (1913-1922) designed by Rudolf Steiner in Dornach, Switzerland, was destroyed by arson.

28. Steiner lecture of 6.3.1910 Stuttgart, in Collected Works GA 118.

29. Steiner lecture of 20.9.1924 in Collected Works GA 346.

30. During the 49/50 year ‘window’ of 2023-1998-1973 BC (in the 21st/20th centuries BC) that corresponds to the period 1973-1998-2033 AD, the 11th Dynasty (c.2150 BC – c.1991 BC) ended in Egypt and was followed by the 12th Dynasty (1991-1802 BC). In 2023 BC Pharaoh Mentuhotep II (2060–2009 BC) was ruling; he reunited Egypt after the turbulence of the ‘First Intermediate Period’ (2181–2055 BC) and became the first pharaoh of the Middle Kingdom. He was succeeded during that third 666 window BC by Mentuhotep III (c. 2009–1997 BC), Mentuhotep IV (1997–1991 BC), and Amenemhat I (1991-c.1961 BC)

31. Medical, because of the injections which are gradually killing off countless numbers of people across the world and ruining the lives of many others; political, because of the huge extension during Covid-19 crisis and since, of the coercive powers of the national states which obey the will of the UN, WHO and WEF; and economic, because of the terrible economic effects around the world of the unnecessary lockdowns and injections.

32. See Dr. David Martin’s presentation to the “Covid Summit” at the EU Parliament May 2023 and also, biotech and patent lawyer Karen Kingston’s analysis of the Covid injections in the documentary Final Days:

33. Even the British MD, Dr John Campbell on Youtube, one of the most widely watched ‘experts’ who supported the official narrative 2020-2022, changed his tune last year out of his concern over the excess mortality figures.

34. See: The Book of Revelation, ch. 13: verses 14-18.


©Terry Boardman